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aYeYe debuts on Vuzu Amp

Posted by radio On December - 12 - 2014 ADD COMMENTS

Vuzu Amp is making good on its promise to offer viewers an amplified viewing experience with the premiere of a brand new homegrown drama series.


Debuting on Monday, 19 January 2015 at 21:00 on Vuzu Amp – Channel 114, aYeYe is a coming-of-age story set in the heart of Johannesburg’s hottest urban neighbourhood and driven by a propulsive creative energy that marks it out as unmistakably contemporary.


aYeYe follows the lives, loves, heartache, fears and dreams of three friends, JK (Thapelo Mokoena), Neo (Sthembiso ‘SK’ Khoza) and Lebo (Mpho ‘Popps’ Modikoane) who share a loft apartment in Maboneng and who all work as rockstar creatives at a hotshot Sandton advertising agency. Over the course of 13 episodes, the trio navigate the intricate riveting world of advertising.


“We’re thrilled to be premiering aYeYe on Vuzu Amp,” says Nkateko Mabaso, M-Net’s Director for Local Interest Channels.


“The series encompassing everything we believe the channel stands for – and that is being an antidote to the average and offering shows that reflect the immediate experience of our young, creative, switched-on viewers.”


aYeYe’s cast draws on some of the most exciting emerging acting talent in the country. Viewers are guaranteed an out of this world TV experience when aYeYe premieres on Monday, 19 January 2015 at 21:00 on Vuzu Amp – Channel 114.

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Cricket South Africa (CSA) on Wednesday announced a three-year deal with the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) that will see the public broadcaster provide live television coverage of all the Proteas home international matches.


There will also be live ball-by-ball radio coverage on 2000FM as well as a weekly magazine programme on television.


“This is really big news for all cricket fans,” commented CSA Chief Executive, Haroon Lorgat.


“We were challenged in the recent past without a deal in place but we are now excited with the new energy and support of the SABC. Free-to-air broadcast is an important ingredient for us to be able to deliver our vision to make cricket a truly national sport that is accessible to all.”


“I would like to sincerely thank the SABC for partnering with cricket. Their support will make a big difference to the access, growth and development of the game and will enable all South Africans to watch their Proteas heroes in action.”


Through this three-year deal, the SABC will be playing its role in making the sport accessible to every South African citizen

The SABC’s Chief Operations Officer, Hlaudi Motsoeneng, says, “Being a public service broadcaster, we are cognisant of the fact that cricket, which is a national sport, is followed and loved by millions of South Africans. This broadcast deal with Cricket South Africa follows on the heels of SABC Sport launching a new lifestyle Cricket magazine programme on SABC 3 titled ‘The Grand Pavilion’ last week.”


“It demonstrates our commitment to showing sports of national importance, and we believe through this three-year deal, the SABC will be playing its role in making the sport accessible to every South African citizen through our Radio and Television platforms,” adds Motsoeneng.


The importance of having the Proteas in live action on the public broadcaster can be gauged from the following statistics:


According to a survey by the South African Audience Research Foundation (SAARF), there are 7, 4 million people who actively follow cricket within South Africa.


Of these fans, 1,7 million have access to DStv premium where the majority of cricket is broadcast live. This partnership gives the other 5, 6 million people access to view the Proteas in action.


Over the previous cricket season 13 million South Africans watched the Proteas live via SABC broadcasts.

The free-to-air broadcast helps to drive growth and diversity of Proteas fans with the reach of SABC 3 bringing in African language viewers.

The coverage starts on SABC 3 with the first Sunfoil Test match against the West Indies on December 17 and continues through the
KFC T20 International series and the Momentum ODI series in the New Year.

The period of the deal covers future international series against New Zealand (2015); England (2015-16), Australia (2016), New Zealand (2016) and Sri Lanka (2016-17).

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[ED] reveals new line-up

Posted by radio On December - 5 - 2014 ADD COMMENTS

ED] channel on DStv (channel 190) announced a revamp in its offering as it celebrates its first year.


This knowledge and information channel, aimed at disseminating knowledge into Sub-Saharan Africa in an informal and entertaining way, has unveiled a change in content offering for its second year with a host of new, locally-produced series, along with fresh faces that will solidify its local content offering.


Highlights on [ED]’s December schedule include a variety of not-to-be-missed brand new flagship shows:



Anchored by Danine Naidoo, Edge premieres on Wednesday, 10 December at 19:00 and takes viewers on a Science and Technology reality series set at the cutting edge of technological research and development. Get drawn into the world of hero geeks and their magnificent creations.


Current affairs take centre-stage with Behind the Headlines from Wednesday, 10 December at 19:30. Sight-impaired radio and television journalist Rhulani Baloyi will unpack the headlines making news.


Contact is a first-person account, reality documentary series that goes off the beaten track to find human stories that are not in mainstream media [but ought to be]. Contact premieres on Wednesday, 10 December at 21:00.





Meanwhile Criselda Kananda and her studio guests unpack sexual health matters on the talk show Sexual Health, which premieres Monday, 15 December at 21:00.


Other new and regular features will include Corner Talks which premieres Wednesday, 10 December at 18:00. This is an actuality and social commentary series (presented by Simphiwe ‘Tofolux’ Masoka and Ayanda Nhlapo), captured in the heart of Johannesburg’s townships, that takes the average young person at the corner and puts them in the front row seat of social commentary.


The entrepreneurial docu-series Earned starts on Thursday, 11 December at 19:00. Trying to decide on a career path? Create starts Tuesday, 16 December at 19:00 and reveals a variety of career paths to help the viewer make informed decisions about their future careers.


Thursday, 11 December at 16:00 sees the launch of the talk show Share with Hannah Viviers as she engages with the youth about living in the twenty-first century and GIBS (Gordon Institute of Business Science) starts Monday, 15 December at 20:00 and covers various business issues affecting the African continent as well as tips on how to maneuver your venture into a successful business.


Produced by the market leaders in original content, production powerhouse, Urban Brew’s new content showcase on [ED], DStv channel 190, also includes a host of cutting-edge documentaries in genres like Travel, History, Lifestyle and many more.


Curious? Remain Inspired and tune in to [ED] on DStv channel 190 from Wednesday, 10 December at 16:00!

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Naspers interim results show solid growth

Posted by radio On December - 2 - 2014 ADD COMMENTS

Naspers last week announced its financial results for the six months to 30 September 2014. Revenues measured on an economic interest basis, including the proportionate contribution from associates and joint ventures, expanded 30% year on year (YoY). With the group’s ecommerce and internet businesses growing ahead of pay-television and print, 72% of group revenues are now earned offshore.


Core headline earnings grew 24% to R6,1bn, despite expensing R4,4bn in the continued development of the group’s ecommerce and pay-television platforms. “We are pleased with our progress to date,” said Naspers chair Ton Vosloo. “Execution capacity and operations are strengthening throughout the group and the focus is on customer satisfaction, engagement and retention.”


Boosted by accelerating revenue growth in many etail businesses, internet remained the fastest-growing segment and accounted for 58% of total group revenues. ”We are seeing meaningful increases in organic traffic in our markets as we deliver compelling customer propositions and scale our platforms,” said CEO Bob van Dijk. Organic growth resulted in Naspers’s ecommerce revenues increasing 43% YoY to R12,1bn. This segment reported a trading loss of R2,4bn after incurring development spend of R3,6bn.


The group’s classifieds efforts are focused on about 40 countries globally and after recent brand migrations, the majority of classifieds sites now operate under the OLX banner. Naspers recently strengthened its position in this segment through an agreement with Schibsted to jointly develop select markets in Latin America and South East Asia, subject to EU approval. Competition remains aggressive, but the group has outgrown its competitors on the measures that matter most, particularly in mobile.


Pay TV

In pay-television, solid subscriber growth of 342 000 households drove revenues up 18% to R20,2bn. The business covers 50 countries on the African continent and provides services to over 8,4m homes. Trading profit increased 11% to R5bn, after expensing R642m of investment in DTT and online video initiatives. The personal video recorder (PVR) base expanded to 1,2m subscribers and customers are now renting some 600 000 movies per month on BoxOffice, a service that will soon be expanded into sub-Saharan Africa. Analogue switch-offs, once implemented, should provide future momentum for subscriber growth on the DTT platform.




The print media segment continues to face tough trading conditions and structural changes to the industry. Overall revenues grew slightly, but margins contracted further due to accelerated investments in digital solutions and new growth areas to diversify the revenue base.



Naspers’s share of core headline earnings from associates, including Tencent in China and Group in Russia, increased by 43% to R6,4bn. This was mainly due to continued strong performance by Tencent, including benefits from its transaction with



“The second half of the year is traditionally the most active part of the year for most of our businesses. We expect some pick-up in spend as we capitalise on the holiday season, which could result in lower core headline earnings for that period,” cautioned CFO, Basil Sgourdos. “Our goal remains to develop online classifieds, etail and DTT to deliver future growth and create value over time,” he added.

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Generations – The Legacy’s return to the screen

Posted by radio On December - 1 - 2014 ADD COMMENTS

It was a single decision that shook the television world and left Mzansi’s viewers speechless! The announcement was made in September of 2014 that the hugely popular soapie, Generations, will be off air for 2 solid months! But now the countdown is reaching fever pitch as viewers look forward in great anticipation to the celebrated return of, Generations–The Legacy, come Monday 1 December 2014 in the usual timeslot at 20h00.


“Generations The Legacy, is about stimulating a conversation on the transfer of wealth, knowledge and culture. Successive generations in African society have produced men and women of great intelligence, vision and the drive for excellence. For a variety of reasons -some no doubt related to our painful past, our development as a people has been stymied.

Generations The Legacy in its own way will address this issue -not in a didactic manner but in interesting narratives.  Now is the time to establish family legacies that move our country forward,” says both elated and relieved creator, Mfundi Vundla.


Generations–The Legacy picks the drama’s rich narration 2 years into the future, Karabo Moroka (played by the revered Connie Ferguson) and Tau Mogale (played by the accomplished Rapulana Seiphemo), two iconic figures in Generations re-enter the cut-throat media business landscape.

This power couple is out to establish the legacy of Paul Moroka, the business visionary who built the first African-owned media enterprise. Unknown to Karabo, her husband Tau runs a parallel mission of establishing a legacy of his own. Deviousness has no boundaries: Tau’s sister Tshidi (Letoya Makhene), a trophy wife of the gangster, Gaddaffi (Vuyo Dabula) – Tau’s arch enemy, colludes albeit nervously in her husband’s efforts to derail the Paul Moroka legacy. Generations-The Legacy is a witch’s brew of narratives of ambition.  A drama set in a world where virtue and evil are in a stellar battle for supremacy.


The new and exciting cast includes the following interesting faces and roles: JT Medupi as Jonathan; Musa Ngema as Mazwi; Kopano Zimba as Mary; Manaka Ranaka as Lucy; Andisiwe Dweba plays the role of Getty; Lebogang Mthunzi as Angela; Moopi Mothibedi as Smanga; Thulisile Phongolo plays the character Namhla; Ronnie Nyakale plays Cosmo; Asanda Foji plays Simphiwe and Ivy Nkutha plays the role of Gog’Flo.


“The absence of Generations on SABC1’s schedule for the past two months was unfortunate and we would once again like to apologize to our viewers for the turn of events that led to the show taking a break,” says SABC1 Channel Head, Maijang Mpherwane. “It’s also important to thank our viewers for the patience and support during the past two months when Generations was off air.

We are excited to share the new series with them and we are confident that it will live up to their expectations. The series has a compelling storyline, top cast and world class performances that is bound to captivate viewers for many episodes and years to come, furthermore entrenching channel’s positioning as Mzansi’s official story teller.”


“From the 1st December 2014, Skeem Saam returns to the weekday 18h30 slot after performing beyond expectations on the weekday 20h00 slot. This further proves the relevance of the diverse stories told on SABC1, to a mass audience that continues to respond well to the channel. As communicated from the onset, this was always a temporary arrangement which would see channel reverting back to normal schedule upon the return of Generations: The Legacy and so we are confident that Skeem Saam will continue to do well for the channel on the weekday 18h30 slot,” he concludes.


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Newly appointed SABC Group Executive: News and Current Affairs, Jimi Matthews says his first task is to converge the newsroom to meet the dividends of the digital age.


Matthews’ appointment on Thursday comes alongside Nothando Maseko who takes over as Head of Television News. Sebolelo Ditlhakanyane is the new Head of Radio News. Bessie Tugwana has been appointed as Head of Sport and Sully Motsweni as Group Executive: Stakeholder Relations and Provinces.


The appointments are effective from December 1.


Matthews has been at the helm of the News and Current Affairs Division in an acting capacity.


Speaking on AM Live, Matthews says technology has changed the way newsrooms are run.


He says he plans to converge television, radio and all digital platforms into a single news environment.

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SABC sports personalities shine at SAB Awards

Posted by radio On November - 27 - 2014 ADD COMMENTS

Metro Fm’s Robert Marawa and SABC Sports’ Thomas Mlambo both walked away with two honours apiece


Metro Fm’s Robert Marawa and SABC Sports’ Thomas Mlambo both walked away with two honours apiece(SABC)


Six of SABC’s sports personalities, radio and television, stole the limelight when they scooped honours at the SAB Sports Awards ceremony.


The 34th instalment of the annual event, held at the Wanderers Cricket Club in Johannesburg, recognises work conducted between October 1, 2013, up until September 30, 2014.


Following the six-award haul on the night, SABC’s Acting Group Executive for Sport, Bessie Tugwana, said the broadcaster is proud to have done well. She continued: “These awards are an indication that we have the top talent in the country when it comes to sports production and presentation.


“We give our gratitude to all the winners for always being professional and bringing these awards home. Each and every award is important and we look forward to winning more awards in the future.”


The major victors on the night were Thomas Mlambo and Robert Marawa for scooping the SAB Sports Presenter of the Year (Television) as well as the SAB Sports Presenter of the Year (Radio), respectively.


The awards are held to recognise talent and hard work within the media sporting industry.

Other SABC winners at the awards were as follows:


Audio Media Award (Radio and Online)

SAB Sports Commentator of the Year 2014: Thabo Kofa (Lesedi Fm)

SAB Sports Presenter of the Year 2014: Robert Marawa (Metro Fm)


SAB Sports Producer of the Year 2014: Beverly Maphangwa (Metro Fm)

SAB Sports Media Awards 2014 for Audio Media: Robert Marawa (Metro Fm)


Video Media awards (Television and Online)


SAB Sports Presenter of the Year 2014: Thomas Mlambo (SABC Sports)

SAB Sports Video Media Award 2014: Thomas Mlambo (SABC Sports)


The awards are held to recognise talent and hard work within the media sporting industry.

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AfriDocs Film Week to hit our tv screens

Posted by radio On November - 25 - 2014 ADD COMMENTS

AfriDocs is proud to present the second in its series of AfriDocs Film Weeks from Dec 2 – 9th to coincide with the United Nations Framework on Climate Change COP meeting in Lima, Peru.


During this week some of the world’s best environmental films will be screened across sub-Saharan Africa on DStv channel ED (channel 190) and GOtv (channel 65).


These documentary films from across the globe bring the global discussions between countries back down to the human level – sharing stories of how climate change is already affecting some of the world’s most vulnerable peoples.


From India and Kenya to the Pacific Islands and the USA, these films share stories of communities trying to overcome the very real challenges presented by environmental processes that have already started to affect their ways of life.


A series of short films produced for the Action4Climate challenge will also be screened during the week. The Action4Climate competition challenged filmmakers to raise awareness of climate change, share experiences and inspire action by creating a video documentary.


The response was overwhelming with more than 230 videos from 70 countries were submitted, bringing to life the serious consequences of climate change across the world and highlighting the actions taken by local communities to tackle it.


The three Action4Climate competition winning short films to be screened are:


The Tail of a Trail: The 1st place winner of the competition, this film from Portugal is a letter from the future is written to our recent past, telling us how the world ´it turned out right´. It follows the trail of someone that left words written, words of change, of simple change. In this near future, the images of our world are the same, but the value of words can be very different.



Global Warning: This 2nd place winning film from Bulgaria and the Philippines is a A documentary about the super typhoon Yolanda – Haiyan which hit the Philippines on Nov 8th 2013.


Snows of the Nile: 3rd place place winning film from USA & Uganda. Uganda’s Rwenzori Mountains rise 5000m from the heart of Africa. At their summits are some of Earth’s only equatorial glaciers. But these “Mountains of the Moon,” whose existence caused a sensation in Europe when they were first climbed in 1906, are changing fast.


Watch the AfriDocs Climate Change Week Promo 2-9 Dec 2014

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Telkom offers DStv Explora deal

Posted by radio On November - 21 - 2014 ADD COMMENTS


In an exclusive deal with MultiChoice, Telkom will offer a new Internet-connected DStv Explora decoder for free as part of a 24-month subscription to Telkom customers that upgrade to a 10Mbps or faster Telkom ADSL line.


Telkom will bundle the new DStv Explora decoder with its SmartHome Premium package for R899 on a 24-month contract. The offer will be available from Saturday, 22 November 2014 to new and existing Telkom customers.


Telkom will also make the DStv Explora decoder and DStv WiFi Connector available at Telkom stores, where customers can get the DStv Explora for R1 999 and the DStv WiFi Connector for R399.


Customers will need to link their DStv Explora to their existing internet router, either by Ethernet cable or using the DStv WiFi Connector to enable these new services. With Telkom’s superfast broadband offer customers will be able to take full advantage of the DStv connected services. Customers get an additional 300 titles of the latest and greatest series, movies and other exclusive content on DStv Catch Up Plus through the internet enabled DStv Explora decoder. Remote recording enables customers to record their favourite programmes from a remote location.


“Access to entertainment content is one of the many possibilities that superfast broadband can enable. We are excited to offer customers access to seamless connectivity at superfast speeds that will ultimately amplify their entertainment experience. Going forward we continue to explore opportunities in which we connect our customers to even more content avenues,” says Telkom Group CEO, Mr Sipho Maseko.


Imtiaz Patel, Group CEO for MultiChoice South Africa says, “Our connected services give our DStv Premium customers access to an even bigger world of entertainment on DStv Catch Up Plus. Thanks to remote recording, our customers won’t miss any of their favourite shows. Our partnership with Telkom enables our customers to unlock these innovative services.”

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Posted by radio On November - 18 - 2014 ADD COMMENTS

Today the SABC has announced its Platinum sponsorship at PROMAX/BDA AFRICA. The Public Service Broadcaster was one of the inaugural sponsors of PROMAX/BDA AFRICA in 2006 and has since strengthened its partnership with the organisers of this prestigious event. This year’s event takes place on 21 November 2014 at The Maslow Hotel, The Ballroom, in Sandton


The SABC’s platinum sponsorship of PROMAX/BDA AFRICA 2014 includes sponsoring the keynote speaker (Michaela Angela Davis) as well as the PROMAX Muse and BDA Isis Awards ceremony.


This year’s theme “EVOLUTION” at the PromaxBDA Africa conference will look at new ways to get the message out into ever-broadening and fragmenting world.

The PROMAX/BDA AFRICA conference brings together creative minds in marketing, promo producing and advertising from all over the world. Delegates get exposed to thelatest global trends and developments in the creating and producing of promos.


The PROMAX Muse and BDA Isis Awards are highly regarded worldwide and recognize the creative talent required to assist broadcasters to attract and retain viewers.


SABC Spokesperson: Kaizer Kganyago, says “As the largest broadcaster in South Africa, it is imperative that the SABC holds a position of leadership in all relevant Industry events such as PROMAX/BDA AFRICA. Being involved in PROMAX/BDA AFRICA not only allows the SABC to unearth its own talent, but support the Industry as a whole to nurture and award creative excellence. The PROMAX/BDA AFRICA conference and Awards underscore the importance of this Industry to create top-of-mind awareness for a Broadcaster’s brand, channel or programming.

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